Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley remains silent after accepting police caution for assault

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Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley has remained silent this week after it was revealed he had accepted a police caution for assault.

Details of the incident, which happened in March, came to light in a national newspaper article on Saturday, which claimed the former shadow police minister had spent ‘a night in the cells’ after a domestic incident involving a woman.

A Conservative Party spokesman said: “This matter was investigated by the police and dealt with by them at the time.”

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: “On March 15, officers attended an address in Marsham Court, Pimlico, and arrested a 52-year-old on suspicion of common assault. He was taken to a police station where he later accepted a caution for common assault.”

Mr Ruffley, who spoke in the House of Commons on Tuesday, has this week failed to respond to repeated calls and emails from the Bury Free Press.

James Marshall, special advisor to the Government’s chief whip, refused to comment on whether any sanctions had or would be taken against Mr Ruffley as a result of the police caution.

Meanwhile, the Bury Fawcett Society, part of a national group that campaigns for women’s rights, has called on the Bury and Stowmarket MP to stand down.

It has requested the Bury Conservative Association to call ‘a motion for a vote of no confidence, with the intention of the deselection of David Ruffley as the Conservative candidate for the General Election in 2015’.

A Fawcett Society spokeswoman said: “No elected or public official who has been associated with such actions has credibility in public office.”

Senior members of the Bury Conservative Association met last night to discuss Mr Ruffley’s situation.

A statement issued by its executive committee after the meeting, said: “This issue has recently come to our attention. We are satisfied that the matter was thoroughly and appropriately dealt with at the time and that no further action was deemed necessary. David Ruffley has been an excellent constituency Member of Parliament for 17 years and we will continue to work with him and support him in that role.”

Its chairman, Andrew Speed, has declined to comment further.